Consider the revisions for this question, which I looked at following someone crying over lost rep another meta question here.

As far as I can tell, a sum total of 9 people though it bad enough to close/delete, but only 5 were required to replenish its mana. That's just an observation though.

The question is - why does deleting require 5 votes and un-deleting only 3?

An answer to this question probably answers the undelete vote count part of this question. But this question goes a bit deeper, and discusses the seemingly unmatched unique number of persons between delete and undelete.

Is there a better solution to make sure everyone's vote weighs the same as the next StackOverflower's?

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    For the uninitiated, what does a dv on a discussion meta question mean? I know what it means for feature requests. Nov 16, 2012 at 1:06
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    I can address the mechanics. The question had a high score, and every +20 score (net) a question gets makes it one vote harder to delete. The number of undelete votes not matching the number of delete votes appears to be by design. As for the rationale... not sure (which is why I'm commenting and not answering). I did see a comment, while looking for the above link, about how the system should err on the side of not removing information from the entire world, but it was not said by a team member.
    – Pops
    Nov 16, 2012 at 1:15
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    The number of required delete votes is now capped at 10, though, so it's not impossible to delete bikeshed questions anymore. Nov 16, 2012 at 1:17
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    It's a lot harder to find things to reopen. It's easy to close something but I'd imagine that very few question have gone from deleted to opened without a meta question. Nov 16, 2012 at 8:09
  • Which question is 'this question'?
    – Rosinante
    Nov 16, 2012 at 12:32
  • @Rosinante presumably stackoverflow.com/questions/3662412/…
    – Pops
    Nov 16, 2012 at 15:14
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    It's already much harder to delete questions than it is to undelete them, because you need to have a link to them. It makes sense to have more upvoted questions being harder to delete. It doesn't make sense to make them harder to undelete. If anything they should require less than three votes to undelete. Note that this applies only to popular questions, most questions require the same three votes to delete and undelete. Nov 16, 2012 at 16:22
  • Worth noting that supposedly undelete votes do indeed scale, albeit at a much lower rate of increase than deletion votes.
    – Tim Stone
    Jan 6, 2013 at 15:12


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